\ˈsün, especially New England ˈsu̇n\

Definition of soon 

1a obsolete : at once : immediately

b : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise

2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done

3 archaic : before the usual time

4 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive

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Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can.
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Grey's Anatomy fans likely know every detail of Meredith Grey's relationship history, the ups and downs of which have been chronicled over the course of the ABC drama's 14 (soon to be 15) seasons. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "'Grey's Anatomy' Star Ellen Pompeo's Husband Chris Ivery Is Her 'Person' in Real Life," 27 Sep. 2018 Committees will soon begin working on the next one for planetary endeavors, which will cover 2023 to 2032. Meghan Bartels,, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018 The mother, producer, and mogul is thriving and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "Lala Anthony Talks Motherhood, Activism, and the Beauty Products She Can't Live Without," 8 Aug. 2018 CBS Miami chief meteorologist Craig Setzer says Beryl remains a very small tropical storm surrounded by dry air, marginal water temperatures and soon, increasingly hostile wind shear. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Beryl forms in the Atlantic," 5 July 2018 Most of the missing young women and girls who have disappeared recently have been found safe, and Jadi’s family are hoping she will soon be located as well. Britni Danielle,, "Chicago Police Are Asking For Help to Find Yet Another Missing Teen Girl," 3 July 2018 The graduates soon filed into the auditorium, girls through one doorway and boys through another, and took their seats in groups of white and green. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Coventry High School Graduates 118," 3 July 2018 Callery was placed on administrative leave soon after the incident while the investigation was conducted, Toro said. Kathleen Megan,, "CCSU Professor Charged With Interfering With Police, Reckless Endangerment," 13 July 2018 Congress' prospects for approving anything soon are bleak. CBS News, "Push by liberal Democrats’ to abolish ICE delights GOP," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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English Language Learners Definition of soon

: at a time that is not long from now

: in a short time after something happens

: in a quick way


\ˈsün \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.

2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.

3 : before long They soon learned the truth.

4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.

5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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